City hall, library, pool closed; County parks closing; Trick-or-treat hours
City hall, library closed Friday
Fairfield City Hall and the Fairfield Public Library will be closed from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday for safety training.
City hall and the library will be open Monday.
Pool closed Wednesday
The Roosevelt Aquatic Center will be closed Wednesday.
Fairfield Park and Recreation Department director Derik Wulfekuhle explained the indoor pool will be closed for a maintenance issue.
County parks closing for winter
Jefferson County Conservation Board is preparing for the winter season.
Sunday will be the last night for camping at Jefferson County Park this year, as the park will close Monday.
Mac Coon Access and Round Prairie Park will remain open until cold weather arrives.
Trick-or-treat hours announced
Area communities have announced official trick-or-treat hours.
Douds trick-or-treat is Saturday. Hot dog roast and the parade begin at 5 p.m. and trick-or-treating begins at 6 p.m. Saturday.
Packwood is holding trick-or-treat from 6-8 p.m. Saturday.
In Fairfield, trick-or-treat hours will be from 5:30-8 p.m. Tuesday. Maharishi Vedic City follows the same hours as Fairfield.
In Libertyville, trick-or-treating has been changed to 5:30-8 p.m. Tuesday. The city council had originally scheduled trick-or-treating hours for Monday, but changed hours to Tuesday after the Fairfield school district changed its parent-teacher conferences from Tuesday to Monday.
Batavia trick-or-treat hours are 6-8 p.m. Tuesday.
Stockport will have trick-or-treating from 5-7 p.m. Tuesday. Trick-or-treaters can stop by City Park during those hours for a weiner roast. Marshmallows and hot cocoa also will be available.
Bonaparte trick-or-treat hours are 5-7:30 p.m. Tuesday.
Farmington trick-or-treating is 5-7 p.m. Tuesday.
Cantril and Milton are holding trick-or-treat 5:30-7:30 p.m. Tuesday.
Lockridge trick-or-treating is 5-7 p.m. Wednesday.
Birmingham has set its trick-or-treat hours from 6-8 p.m. Wednesday.
Pleasant Plain residents will welcome trick-or-treaters from 5-7 p.m. Wednesday.
In Keosauqua local businesses will hand out candy 4:30-6 p.m. Wednesday. Residential trick-or-treat hours are 6-8 p.m. Wednesday.
Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta recommends the following safety checklist:
At home remove hazards from front porch and yard, such as pots, branches, candles and hoses; confine household pets, and make sure they are wearing collars; leave jack-o-lantern carving to adults and use battery-powered lights.
For costumes make sure masks have eyeholes large enough for full vision; check for loose clothing that could easily brush up against jack-o-lanterns; read labels to make sure fabrics are flame resistant and remind kids to stop, drop and roll.
Make sure a child’s costume fits properly. Oversized costumes and footwear, such as clown or adult shoes, can cause a child to trip and fall. Avoid wearing hats that will slide over eyes.
With accessories, test props to make sure they are flexible and confirm face paint is non-toxic; add reflective tape and stickers if costumes are not bright.
Ensure kids carry a flashlight and cell phone.
Chaperone children age 13 and younger and remind kids to stay on sidewalk; walk facing traffic and avoid shortcuts.
Set a rule to visit only well-lit houses and remain on porch.
Remind children not to eat any treats before a trusted adult can examine them thoroughly for holes and punctures. Throw away all treats that are homemade or unwrapped. To help prevent children from munching, give them a snack or light meal before they go trick-or-treating.
IDOT provides these tips:
Driving during trick-or-treat means increased pedestrian traffic at twilight and throughout the evening.
Drivers need to be mindful to scan streets and intersections; slow down in residential neighborhoods and school zones; be on the alert for children at intersections, in the street, exiting between parked cars, on curbs and on raised medians; slowly and carefully exit driveways and alleyways; concentrate on the driving task and avoid distractions.